Before entering office, Donald Trump called climate change a “hoax” invented by the Chinese, and although he’s since backed away from the controversial statement, he has repeatedly reiterated his belief that climate change isn’t occurring. Since becoming president, he has taken steps that back up this false belief. Hours after his inauguration, information on climate change on the White House website was removed. Then he issued the controversial gag order on the EPA and their employees, and ordered a temporary freeze on its grants and contracts.
Trump’s nominee for head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt, who sued the agency 14 times as Oklahoma attorney general. Pruitt, however, disagrees with the president’s belief that climate change isn’t happening; rather, he believes that it is, but is unsure if human activity is the primary cause of it. “The ability to measure and pursue the degree and the extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject to continuing debate and dialogue,” he said in his hearing.